Revisit the Ideas of Change

Muhammad Abdullah Javed
September 3,2019

Change, fascinate us. It is one of the most common things desired no matter at what age group we are? Change… one of the common phenomenon we come across with, for every one of us changes inspire, they have an alluring attraction, at times appear quite synonymous to our nature. Let us revisit different spheres and ideas of change. 

Changes are Inevitable

The most inevitable thing on earth is ‘change’. Some changes are simply out of our control and some are within our grasp. No one can claim to change the flowing time. Nobody can stop the growing changes in a tree. Nobody can stop the change appearing in color of the crop when it reaches its final stage. The change in the fetus in the womb of the mother is gradual and significant. The simultaneous change in skin complexion along with the age is inevitable, simply unstoppable. The change in voice of the growing toddler is usually perceived as a good sign. The change in the character is observed as a good sign, whereas the inverse change in anyone’s attitude is strongly disliked. In a nut shell, the human lives are but an embodiment of change from beginning to the end:

O mankind, indeed you are moving towards your Lord with great exertion and will meet it 
(Surah Al-Inshiqaq: 6)

So ‘change’ is a prerequisite of life. A child in womb changed his abode and stepped into the real world for a bubbly life. We left school and entered into the college premises, teachers have changed, new friends replaced the old ones, our approach towards studies get renewed so was the case of seriousness. When we left college, a new ambiance of a working place welcomed us with folded hands…. then marriage, then parenthood, then a change in status from son or daughter to father or mother, and then from father or mother to grandfather or grandmother…..then what? Finally, we will get transformed from this world to the eternal one when the soul departs from our body and changes her worldly abode.

Changes are inevitable. Some healthy, some unhealthy, some positive, some negative, some avoidable and some absolutely unavoidable. Now just think over the question again, the answer appears in quite interesting modes. 

The Spheres of Changes

There are many spheres wherein you can observe a change, let yourselves and others know about its reality. The change in an individual life is always preferable. The change in nature is unavoidable; sometimes it seems that humans are responsible for the change in weather, temperature, and abrupt changes in the day to day affairs. 

Imbalance in growth is always credited to the change in lifestyle. The increase in eateries and outlets is again attributed to the change in food habits. The change in customs and traditions has even caused a humongous change in the history of nations. Change, is such dynamic phenomenon that you can’t single out a particular fact about it. There are spheres of an individual, group and nature, wherein you can observe the phenomenon to arrive at a conclusion and say, change is….positive here, negative there, desirable here unwarranted there:

Mischief has appeared in the land and the sea on account of men's own doings that He may make them taste same of their (evil) works: maybe they mend their ways.(Surah Ar-Rum: 41)

Changes in the Individual

Change, as such is preferable for the individual as it totally transforms the whole persona. Change in inner self is a hallmark of perfection, you can say the moment one realizes the self, a sustainable journey of progress and prosperity commence. The change in inner self is positive in the sense it helps realize the realities of life, by change here we mean a true understanding of:

•    Purpose of life
•    Strength and weaknesses
•    The status and dignity of parents
•    Importance of time
•    Constructive thinking
•    Healthy criticism
•    Upholding of values
•    Annihilation of evils
•    Depth of relationship with family members
•    Friendship 
•    Favors of God
•    Love of humanity
•    Importance of selfless service
•     Responsibilities towards the country and nation.
•    Role in the progress and prosperity of the society. 

In due course of time, the set values through attitudes do appear, the most preferable ones, that can be dreamt of pertain to a process of transformation from unhealthy to healthy attitudes that is from:

•    Ingratitude to gratitude
•    Lethargy to dynamism
•    Pessimism to optimism
•    Hatred to love
•    Immoderate to moderate
•    Intolerance to tolerance
•    Anguish to content
•    Uncertainty to certainty
•    Indecisiveness to decisiveness
•    Disrespectful to respectful
•    Rudeness to politeness
•    Traditional to creative
•    Unhelpful to helpful
•    Unfriendly to friendly
•    Unrealistic to realistic

Upon achieving something in life, if any individual depicts changes of the following nature can be termed as unwarranted and negative ones. That is on achieving the following, if a healthy attitude gets replaced with an unhealthy one, in no way it would be appreciable:

•    Good job
•    Fame
•    Wealth
•    Marital ties with families of high status
•    Achievements
•    Rewards
•    Fulfillment of dream projects
•    Position and status
•    Successful completion of assignments.
•    Flourishing of business
•    Children

Changes in Groups

We have a social existence; we are bound to live together with our own norms, values, cultures and traditions. At times, the human history has reflected the collective behavior of people dwelling in the society. A healthy change in their thinking and attitude has brought in many a revolution. If we look at the countries of the world that are enjoying an independent status now were once under the clutches of some ‘dominant forces’, because of a change in the mindset of the people and earnest efforts for transformation from the following have paid them with rich dividends:

•    Dependency to independency
•    Low self-esteem to high self-esteem 
•    Powerlessness to power 
•    A sense of bondage to freedom

Therefore, it is rightly perceived that the successful present and the bright future of the country rest on the healthy mindset of the inhabitants. If any society claims its progress and development, but fails to ensure a healthy mindset of its citizens is bound to perish in one or the other way, the human history bears testimony to the fact. Therefore, material progress alone is quite insufficient for a sustainable progress of the society. To be on top of the human ladder a society has to have morally sound people along with its material developments. Thus the changes can be termed as healthy if the people embellish their persona with the following traits on constructive lines:

•    Silence with resistance
•    Violation with respect
•    Hatred with peace
•    Degradation with honor
•    Insensitivity with sensitivity
•    Irresponsibility with accountability 

It’s the beauty of progress that a society has to be alive by means of material progress whereas its citizens should alive by means of their vibrant collective-conscience. Such collective conscience personifies their hearts and minds, and helps lend their unconditional support for all the virtuous acts and vehemently oppose any act that is detrimental to the cause of humanity. This is what we mean by this Quranic instruction:

Surely Allah enjoins justice, kindness and the doing of good, to kith and kin, and forbids all that is shameful, evil and oppressive. He exhorts you so that you may be mindful. (Surah An-Nahl: 90)

Changes in Nature

Well, here we have to put our fingers crossed, as most of the matters pertain here are not totally related to us as was the case of changes in individual and group spheres. Changes in nature can be termed as precious blessings of God had not been so overtly showered on us, we would have surely succumbed to the internal and external pressures, the changes that are blessings are apparent in:

•    Days and nights 
•    Weathers
•    Seasons
•    Flowing of breeze
•    Blossoming of flowers
•    The attractive landscapes
•    The increasing and decreasing levels of oceans
•    Temperature in accordance with the seasons

The changes that do not happen in the following have become a valid reason for human existence on earth:

•    In the position and movement of sun
•    Waxing and waning of the moon
•    Earth’s speed in rotations 
•    The distance between the sun, earth and the moon

The nature that ensures healthy present and a prosperous future largely depends on the human attitudes. Now the abrupt changes in weather and seasons, the rise in the temperatures, scarcity of water, rise in sea levels, deforestation, drying up of rivers, sound, water, soil and air pollutions have greatly affected the nature in particular and human lives in general. Again, the unhealthy practices of human rights violation, female foeticides, exploitation, corruption, mischief on the land have caused the human lives to change drastically from peaceful existence to a threatening one. 

Hope for Change, Change for Hope

Let us hope for a change, a healthy one, both at individual and collective levels. The way changes in nature depict a progressive world and sustainable human lives, similar changes initiated through individual and collective efforts would change the status and position of humans. They will bring them from depth of darkness to the light, from ill fate to good one, from disparity to hope, from disintegration to integration, from hatred to love, from cruelty to humanity…….after all change, at large, is positive and desirable as it connects us with the Divine Likings.

 

The author is the Director of AJ Academy For Research and Development, Raichur, Karnataka. He can be reached at [email protected]

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PE firms, IT Dept get clean chit in CCD founder Siddhartha's suicide case

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July 25,2020

New Delhi, Jul 25: Nearly a year after Cafe Coffee Day founder V.G. Siddhartha's death, the probe committee appointed by the Board of Coffee Day Enterprises Ltd (CDEL) has given a virtual clean chit to private equity investors and the Income Tax Department who were named in his last letter.
The investigation report noted that Siddhartha may have felt "aversive behavioural stimulus" due to persistent reminders from the PE investors and other lenders.

"However, such reminders and follow-ups by the PE investors and lenders are not something which are beyond normal industry practices and we believe that PE investors were acting as per accepted legal and business norms," said that report.

It further said that the investigators were not provided with any documentary evidence to show any "advertent or inadvertent harassment" from the Income Tax Department.

It however, said that the financial records suggest a serious liquidity crunch which may have arisen due to the attachment of Mindtree shares by the IT Department.

Further, the probe revealed that MACEL, a private firm of Siddhartha, owes Rs 2,693 crore to Coffee Day Enterprises, which the report says, "needs to be addressed".

The Cafe Coffee Day founder's body was fished out of the Netravathi river in Karnataka by a group of fishermen on July 31 last year, a day after he went missing.

His last note raised several questions about the role of investors, and tax officials.

He had written: "Tremendous pressure from other lenders lead to me succumbing to the situation. There was a lot of harassment from the previous DG Income Tax in the form of attaching our shares on two separate occasions to block our Mindtree deal and then taking possession of our Coffee Day shares, although the revised returns have been filed by us. This was very unfair and has led to a serious liquidity crunch."

The massive shock to the industry and the country also led the government to assure that tax officials would not harass businessmen and the situation would improve.

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Farmers call for Mandya Bandh on Jul 29 demanding total ban on stone mining in district

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July 24,2020

Mandya, Jul 24: Pressing for a total ban on stone mining and quarrying in and around the villages surrounding Krishna Raja Sagar Dam in the District, many organisations have called for Mandya bandh on July 29.

The bandh has been supported by Raitha Sangha, Karunada Sevakara Sanghatane, Auto Drivers Association, Jaya Karnataka, Bharatiya Samvidhana Hitharakshana Vedike, Sugarcane Growers Association, Vokkaligara Seva Trust and Dalita Sangarsh Samiti (Krishnappa faction).

The activists said that the State Government must immediately take steps and permanently ban mining in 20 km radius around KRS as continuous blasting for stones is causing grave danger to the structure.

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Flight chartered by KCF brings 174 stranded NRIs from Qatar to Mangaluru

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July 18,2020

Mangaluru, Jul 18: Days after Air India operated a flight from Qatar to Mangaluru,  the Karnataka Cultural Foundation (KCF) chartered a flight from Doha to this coastal city to repatriate the stranded NRIs. The flight landed at Mangaluru International Airport on July 16.

This KCF operated flight left the Hamad International Airport Doha at 9:35 am and reached Mangaluru international Airport at 16:10 pm on Thursday. 

The flight had over 174 NRIs, included pregnant women, patients in need of urgent medical treatment, senior citizens, and those who were stuck with expired visit visa and job loss. With the timely intervention Dr Arathi Krishna has helped a patient to make his approval from embassy, who had to leave for medical treatment on emergency basis.

Starting from the registration of travellers, KCF has provided all with the necessary documental, health-related information and each of them have been met by KCF representatives along with snacks and PPE kit to be worn during the journey as a precaution against the spread of the pandemic. 

Organization workers were constantly in touch with each of its passengers, supporting them for their safety and serve them during journey and stay at the hotels and this will continue until the quarantine is completed.

KCF, the proud organization of Kannadigas has been working in the public sphere, and this initiative of charter flight and their dedication on this have been praised by travellers.

On their successful charter, KCF thanks Dr Arathi Krishna, former vice-chairman of Karnataka State NRI Forum for her extensive support on acquiring relevant documental clearances. Sindhu B Rupesh, the deputy commissioner of Mangaluru, Dr Yathish Ullal, assistant commissioner of Mangaluru, Meena Nagaraj, the nodal officer, Bengaluru, are also praised for their timely approvals and permissions for this charter.

The untiring efforts, hard works by the workers and leaders of SSF, SYS and Karnataka Muslim Jama-ath have been appreciated and background supports by Moulana Shafi Sa-adi, the member of Karnataka state Waqf Board is also remembered by KCF Qatar.

The members of KCF Qatar have been tirelessly working behind this grand success, the chairman Abdul Raheem Saadi and general convener Muneer Magundi have thanked all its members, including Embassy officials and Indigo Airlines for all cooperation.

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